COVID-19 Update on Tours
e hope this finds you well and navigating these very unique times with a firm hand on the rudder and your eyes fixed on Christ. The current coronavirus situation is quite dynamic with new information and policies that impact our lives being revealed almost daily. As things stand now, we are committed to weather the storm and proceed with all scheduled tours. We are going, and unless travel bans and venue closures extend into our tour dates, we will see you there! Some credible information indicates the worst of it could resolve in a matter of weeks and many of the venues that have closed are tentatively set to reopen as early as April 15. Even now, there are many optimistic signs amidst the deluge of politicized doom and gloom and media-driven hysteria. Still, we want to be prudent and measured as we stay constantly attuned to new information.
“Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, Even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, Neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” —Psalm 91:9–10, KJV
Throughout history, many true saints have distinguished themselves during times of plague and persecution. They have acted with courage, conviction and compassion to minister to those in need. They didn’t “run to the cave” in fear or brazenly disregard the dangers of the situation. During the Babylonian captivity, Jeremiah writes a letter to the exiles (Jer. 29) in which he encourages them to build houses, plant gardens, get married and have children. In other words, continue living while calling upon Him and praying. The Lord then reminds them that He has plans for them, for welfare and not evil, for a future and hope. No matter what our present circumstances, there is always hope.
We will keep you updated with any changes on our end and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. May God grant us proper perspective as we remember His sovereignty and steadfast love.
C.S. Lewis brings us valuable perspective in his 1948 essay “On Living in an Atomic Age”
“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. ‘How are we to live in an atomic age?’ I am tempted to reply: ‘Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.’
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”
—Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays, CS Lewis, 1948